Blazers hold off Timberwolves for 100-98 victory

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Blazers’ victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in Minnesota. Portland entered the fourth quarter leading the T-Wolves 77-58, a relatively large margin by NBA standards. But despite this big lead, the game turned interesting as Minnesota was able to put on an impressive fourth quarter, scoring 40 points along the way. A huge block by LaMarcus Aldridge that stopped what could have been a game-tying shot with the clock winding down.

Oilers vs. Canucks: Not as bad as the opener…I guess

Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Sunday night in a shootout to the Edmonton Oilers. Internally, I can’t imagine this weekend changed anything for the Canucks’ long-term goaltending plans. Publically, however, it’s open season on the Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider conversation.

Ducks vs. Canucks: Not exactly home cooking was it?

Game On Well that was underwhelming. After all the hype and build up, the Canucks first game of the year was absolutely the worst case scenario. It gets better (I hope). Here we go with the love ’em & hate ’em! Love ‘Em 1. Rick Ball No Mark Lee. No Kevin Weekes. Even if Kelly […]

Blazers get revenge with 109-91 win over the Kings

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s easy victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Not at all resembling the team that lost to a mediocre Sacramento team just a few days ago, Portland jumped out to a lead and kept asserting their dominance, proving they are at least above a certain tier of teams in the NBA. One of the players that has been essential to Portland’s uprising this season is LaMarcus Aldrige.

Las Vegas Maaco Bowl Analysis: Dawgs lose a tough one to Boise St.

NWSB Insider and Washington Huskies football blogger Chris Hall breaks down the UW vs. Cal 2012 Week 10 matchup in a new Dawgs Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. The Huskies got their first road win in over a year. Finally. This team needed to prove they could beat a quality squad away from Seattle, and did. Let’s make a habit out of it. Chris says in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Dawgs landed an absolute athletic freak.

Lillard’s game winning buzzer beat leads Portland over Hornets

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Hornets matchup. Hampered by a hip injury, Wesley Matthews has tried his best to get back in the game. He had yet to play since December 8th before starting Sunday. He also says the thing about this game—that seems to be getting buried—is how good Nicolas Batum was.

L.A.’s fourth straight double-double puts away Raptors 92-74

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Raptors matchup. The Headline: playing without starters Nicolas Batum (back) and Wesley Matthews (hip), Portland comes up with a big win and halts their losing streak at two games. Aldridge and Hickson put together huge nights, and luckily it’s enough to outweigh disappointing games from Claver and Lillard.

Love is in the air after the trampling of Arizona…Cards vs. Seahawks recap

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Jordin Ereth brings us what he loved and hate about Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. What a blowout. Russell Wilson was in for a few drives, but eventually got pulled for backup Matt Flynn in the third quarter. The entire second half was a showcase of Robert Turbin, who gave evidence of being a possible feature back in the future. Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner were electric. What a game.

OSU Beavs dominant to close out 2012 regular season

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the NSU vs. OSU week 14 matchup. Markus Wheaton has a prolific end to his career, and the Beavs put together some great prep before their bowl game. The only negative is the return game is still nonexistent against underwhelming competition.

Batum comes up big in much needed Portland win

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Cavs matchup. Portland finally nabs a game on their East Coast swing, aided by a big game from the starters—all scoring in double digits. But Wesley Matthews slump continues, and the Blazers struggle to box out the Cavs.

Boston blows out Portland in 78-96 Blazer’s loss

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Celtics matchup. The Headline: LaMarcus Aldridge comes alive, but a dominating Celtics defense holds Portland to 34 percent shooting in this ugly loss. L.A. and the bench show some great signs of life, but there’s never anything positive about 34 percent shooting.

Rock bottom? Blazers giftwrap first win to Wizards

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Wizards matchup. ​​The Headline: squaring off with the winless Wizards, Portland continues its East Coast losing streak with this new 82-84 loss. Batum looked like he’s coming out of his slump, and Hickson had a season high 19 rebounds. But with four games left on the roadtrip, Portland needs to find some wins.

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